S.1791 - Democratizing Access to Capital Act of 2011
A bill to amend the securities laws to provide for registration exemptions for certain crowdfunded securities, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)
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- Official: A bill to amend the securities laws to provide for registration exemptions for certain crowdfunded securities, and for other purposes. as introduced.
- Short: Democratizing Access to Capital Act of 2011 as introduced.
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Official Summary11/2/2011--Introduced.Democratizing Access to Capital Act of 2011 - Amends the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt from its prohibitions against use of interstate commerce and the mails for sale (or delivery after sale) of unregistered securities, including unregistered security-based swaps,
Official Summary11/2/2011--Introduced.Democratizing Access to Capital Act of 2011 - Amends the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt from its prohibitions against use of interstate commerce and the mails for sale (or delivery after sale) of unregistered securities, including unregistered security-based swaps, any transactions involving the issuance of securities through a crowdfunding intermediary, whether or not the transaction involves a public offering, for which:
(1) the aggregate annual amount raised through the issue of the securities during any 12-month period by an incorporated entity formed under state law is $1 million or less, and
(2) individual investments in the securities are limited to a maximum aggregate annual amount of $1,000. (Crowdfunding is a method of capital formation where groups of people pool money, typically composed of very small individual contributions, and often via internet platforms, to invest in a company or otherwise support an effort by others to accomplish a specific goal.) Sets forth criteria for the crowdfunding exemption. Amends the Securities Act of 1934 to exclude:
(1) persons holding crowdfunded securities under this Act from application of the 500-to-750 shareholder "held of record" criterion for a class of equity security subject to mandatory registration, and
(2) crowdfunding intermediaries from regulation under such Act as "brokers" or "dealers." Amends the Securities Act of 1933 to preempt state law with respect to regulation of crowdfunded securities. Subjects crowdfunding intermediaries, however, to state authority to investigate and bring enforcement actions with respect to fraud, deceit, or unlawful conduct in connection with securities or securities transactions. Limits authority to impose fees on crowdfunded securities to:
(1) the securities commission of the issuer's state of organization, or
(2) any state in which purchasers of 50% or greater of the aggregate amount of the issue are residents.
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Organizations Supporting S.1791
- U. S. Chamber of Commerce
- Financial Services Forum
- National Association for the Self-Employed
Organizations Opposing S.1791
- Comp TIA
- American Association of Retired Persons
Latest Letters to Congress
S.1791 Democratizing Access to Capital Act of 2011
February 13, 2012
I am writing as your constituent in the 25th Congressional district of New York. I am also a licensed financial adviser specializing in socially responsible investment. I support S.1791 - Democratizing Access to Capital Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
The current SEC rules are not fair to small businesses who cannot afford the legal cost of compliance with the current laws. I urge you to...